Top Chest for a Snap-on Tool Cabinet

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Project by KMT posted 03-14-2012 05:05 PM 13843 views 13 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this tool cabinet for my son, he works in a heavy truck body shop. He was looking for something to raise the height of the hutch. ( It sat to low and so when you stood in front of it you looked at the top edge of the hutch ) As well he was looking for more storage for tools, small hardware and the middle drawer holds spray cans.
I used 3/4” Birch plywood for the case and drawer fronts. Alder for the front edge of the top, and drawer handles.The drawer handles I routed out the pull lip on my new router table ( project to be added soon ) and then rounded the edges to “mill” these ( they were fun to build ). I then biscuit joined them to the drawer fronts to create a one piece drawer/pull. All drawers are on 100lb full extension slides. He wanted it in a red tone so it is stained with Varathane cabernet, and topped with 4 coats of Varathane Gloss.
It was an interesting project, I struggled with planning it as far as making sure measurements were right for cutting. It turned out very well.
Hope you like it,

-- - Martin

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#1 posted 03-14-2012 05:30 PM

A beaut Martin, it should get a lot of respect !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#2 posted 03-14-2012 05:35 PM

Looks awesome! Great idea…

-- Plank says: "If you're a little board, might as well get hammered!"

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#3 posted 03-14-2012 05:53 PM

Nice build.

-- Chris K

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#4 posted 03-14-2012 06:00 PM

Great solution to the problem.
I need to ask though, have you used Alder in furniture before ? I’ve read that it has wild and erratic shrinkage. Maybe the European Alder is different to what you have though.

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#5 posted 03-14-2012 06:15 PM

This alder has been in my shop for a couple years now and I have used it on other projects with no problems.

-- - Martin

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#6 posted 03-14-2012 07:58 PM

This is great. I love the drawer pulls. Get ready for some orders from your sons colleagues!

Thanks for sharing,


-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland -

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#7 posted 03-14-2012 08:19 PM

Well done !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 03-14-2012 10:05 PM

I like how you made the drawer pulls. Great idea and good looking tool cabinet.

-- Julian

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#9 posted 03-15-2012 01:36 AM

Nice addition to the tool chest, I like the way the color gives it a warm tone. I need to do the opposite, I have a snap on tool chest but no base, you wont mind if I steal the way you did the drawer pulls ;-D

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#10 posted 03-15-2012 08:21 AM

Very nice addition to a great looking tool box.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 03-15-2012 12:13 PM

very nice riser. I like the way you did the pulls

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#12 posted 03-15-2012 02:06 PM

I always had a problem with the Snap On roller boxes being too low to work on. good idea to raise.

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#13 posted 03-15-2012 02:48 PM

The idea of the pulls has actually been around a long time, you see it on some older kitchen cabinets.

-- - Martin

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#14 posted 03-19-2012 01:06 AM

Beautiful addition. Love the drawer pulls. I definitely need to build some tool chests in my shop and something similar to this would be a great addition!!

-- Josh- What you put in determines what you get out.

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#15 posted 05-09-2012 03:05 PM

Great Martin! My scroll saw stand seems like a simple bench besides this hahaha! Great job!

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